FCEF & GMHS PTSA present Amy Ellis Nutt
George Mason Speaker Series * Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist * Amy Ellis Nutt
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family
George Mason High School’s Speaker Series, in collaboration with the Cultural Heritage and Equity Team and the Gay-Straight Alliance, is excited to welcome guest speaker Amy Ellis Nutt, Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post journalist! This guest speaker has been scheduled to address our students on Friday, December 8, 2017, thanks to generous funding by the Falls Church Education Foundation (FCEF), and the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). The GMHS Speaker Series started last year and featured Caitlin Acosta, a Red Ribbon Week Speaker, and Edwin Henderson, who shared The Tinner Hill Story.
Ms. Nutt will be presenting on her experience writing the book "Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family". See story here or NPR account here. The presentation will foster IB Learner Profile Traits including being knowledgeable, principled, open-minded, and caring, as well as Approaches to Learning skills such as communication, research, and critical thinking.
On November 7 there will be a bond referendum on the ballot for a new George Mason High School. FCCPS is inviting the public to come tour the current facility on October 25, 4pm-7pm, to get first hand knowledge of the state of the school. Tours start every 15 min and last about an hour.
Please visit this link for more information and to RSVP for a tour!
Please register to VOTE!
Are you registered to vote in Virginia? If not, be sure to register by Monday, October 16 so you can vote in the November 7 election. Register online or in person at City Hall.
Vote on Tuesday, November 7 on the High School Bond Referendum and to elect School Board and City Council members.
Our incredible students and staff were highlighted in today's Washington Post metro section. Check it out and look for our next round of Super Grants, to be awarded at the end of October.
FCCPS students enjoy an amazing session with famous pastry chef, won by parents at the 2017 FCEF Gala & Auction and sponsored by Gabi & John Sandoz. What's not to love?
Over the summer a unique mobile book van, Read & Roll, traveled to six locations in the City on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Ninety four children and 78 adults visited with librarians, school staff and police officers. Every child left with books to keep in their home library. The program was developed through a partnership among FCCPS, Mary Riley Styles Public Library and the FCC Police Department. Funding for some of the books was provided by Falls Church Education Foundation, showing that we are Better Together! #teamfccps
Tina Kao, GMHS Chinese teacher, states that her "three days' Chinese language acquisition category 2 work shop in Shanghai was three full days' intensive learning with 21 teachers from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Philippines, was an unique leaning experiences with all these Chinese teachers.
What was great about this experience is that we all share the same motivation that is to aim for better education for our kids regardless where we teach.
The workshop started with an introduction by sharing with one of your transformations and continued the aims on the area of workshop that is to continue and develop an collaborative approach to the structures and principals for the Chinese program that is just right on District of CTL principal this year!!
I am grateful that the fund that supports and offsets my cost to China and certainly I can bring my experiences back reflect on my teaching at Mason. Thanks!"
FCEF / Nancy & Steve Sprague Teacher Leadership fund FCCPS staff tshirts for convocation #BetterTogether!
"Lights, Camera, Action" inspiration!
Thank you to the Falls Church News-Press and Falls Church Education Foundation (FCEF) for recognizing my entry for the 2018 FCEF Gala & Auction theme. I proposed “Lights, Camera, Action” to encapture the sophistication and glamour of the movies, but more importantly, to highlight the spirit of action that makes our Falls Church community unique.
Residents of Falls Church City have historically maintained a high level of engagement with civic, geopolitical, non-profit and other important issues that need our attention. It was my hope with this theme that residents will be inspired to continue, begin, or increase support for the many worthy causes in our little city.
I challenge each of you to assess where your talents, time, and resources might make a difference - by attending or sponsoring auction items for the FCEF Gala & Auction; volunteering or participating in the Run for the Schools; supporting our local businesses and retail community; sustaining environmental and eco-initiatives; volunteering with the Falls Church Homeless Shelter; joining or assisting with our various civic organizations; contributing to Falls Church arts and humanities by attending First Friday events and local theater productions; running for school board or office (or becoming familiar enough with the platforms and agendas of potential leaders to cast an informed and educated vote), to name a few.
My husband and I support the FCEF Gala & Auction every year. 2018 will be no different. I will be donating the tickets I won to a teacher and his or her guest, and my hope is that this year’s theme will inspire others to take action - whether great or small. Together, we can continue to build on the spirit of progressiveness of our Falls Church community. With optimism, creativity and generosity, we can work together to achieve and sustain a future of excellence.
Thank you again.